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NGOs assist 55 women, children with non-communicable diseases to access healthcare

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The Pillar Initiative Aid Foundation (PIAF) in partnership with Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) has assisted 55 women and children with noncommunicable diseases to access healthcare.

Mr Paschal Achunine, the Executive Director, HEI, in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday said PIAF, being an NGO that covered good health and wellbeing of people among other SDG Goals, was driven by the desire to make a difference.

“Recently, PIAF donated one million naira to HEI to assist 55 women and children with non-communicable diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever.

“Other categories are women suffering from meningitis, sepsis, tetanus, malnutrition , diarrhea, jaundice,one off blood transfusion among others, across Lagos State public health institutions up to a maximum of N30,000.

“The project was successfully implemented with significant reduction in death rates in various hospitals including Massey Street children hospital, Ajeromi General Hospital, Shomolu General hospital,’’ Achunine said.

He however, thanked the leadership of Pillars Initiative for their unrelenting support for the social well-being of Nigerians and expressed optimism that more beneficiaries would be supported in 2023 through the partnership

According to him, HEI is a credible NGO that has assisted and brought succor to no fewer than 1,700 indigent and vulnerable patients and accident victims across Lagos state and beyond.

“It is also a recipient of Best Supporting NGO Award from Lagos State Health Service Commission and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Mrs Funmi Babatunde-Dada, one of the Founders of PIAF, said a recent report stated that one out of five children born in the country did not live to witness their fifth year birthday.

She said it was alarming and potentially constituted existential threat to oncoming generations.

“As a result of this, we reached out to various public hospitals to identify an NGO that has credibility in responding to the medical needs of indigent and vulnerable people.

“We mean those who are unable to pay their bills or access basic healthcare and most of them recommended HEI, hence the partnership.’’

Babatunde-Dada said that broad based action was needed by all to address this malady.

She encouraged other corporate organisations and public spirited Nigerians to partner with HEI in view of its impeccable records in the last seven years.

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